So many people downplay, even ignore, the fact that there’s an unseen enemy who does all that he can to destroy all lives. The Bible tells us that we have an enemy that is not flesh and blood – the devil and his minions. And he will not stop doing all that he can to destroy us and prevent us from seeing God and experiencing His deliverance.
One of the methods the enemy employs in his arsenal of destruction is what is famously known as “demon possession.” Some do not believe that this happens, and many do not know how to handle such a case.
Did you know that anybody can be possessed, or at least influenced, by a demon? This article is not meant to scare you, dear reader. With this article I hope to let you see the reality of demonic possession, and the even better reality of victory and freedom in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Demon possession in the Bible
The Bible presents to us several accounts of demon possessions. People who are possessed by a demon (or an unclean spirit) show different symptoms:
I first saw “The Exorcist” when I was 13 and home alone. This, of course, was a patent mistake; by the time the iconic bars of Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” were running over the credits, I knew I’d never sleep that night, or possibly ever again. But it was notthe circumstances of my viewing that made this film so abjectly terrifying. Forty-five years after its release, the adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s 1971 eponymous novel remains the most frightening movie ever made, and not just because it features a tween whose head spins backward.
At the time of the book’s publication, it seemed unlikely to ever achieve a mass audience, let alone be adapted into the ninth highest grossing film of all time when adjusted for inflation. Until then, Blatty, who also authored the screenplay, had been best known as the comedy screenwriter who’d given us the Inspector Clouseau mystery, “A Shot in the Dark.” A devout Catholic, he’d fictionalized an account of a 1949 exorcism by a Jesuit priest, but even his fancy Hollywood credentials couldn’t save it from being sent back to the publisher in droves. Only when a mysterious set of flukes landed him on the Dick Cavett Show for a full 45 minutes did the “The Exorcist” catapult to the New York Times best-seller list, where it remained for 57 weeks. Continue reading at http://www.signature-reads.com/2017/12/the-exorcist-still-haunts-us/
Demand for exorcism sessions has reportedly seen a sudden surge in France with people allegedly fearing demonic entities following the deadly 2015 Paris attacks and the series of terror attacks that followed in the country and elsewhere in Europe over the past two years.
The Roman Catholic Church, which has strict norms for choosing people who can avail of their authorised exorcism sessions, have been turning away thousands of applications Continue reading →
Father Jeremy Davies has been an exorcist for many decades. At one time he was London’s only exorcist. In 1987, Cardinal Basil Hume, then archbishop of Westminster, asked Father Davies to become the diocesan exorcist. Father Davies accepted, although he admitted that he had only limited knowledge of the work previously. No doubt he was helped in Continue reading →
The US Bishops have published the first official English language translation of the rites of exorcism in a move designed to make it easier for priests to combat demonic possession.
Like the original Latin document, De Exorcismis et Supplicantioibus Quibusdam, which has been the official text of the ritual used by priests in the exorcism ministry across the world since 1999, the American document, Exorcisms and Related Supplications, is Continue reading →